Catawba Valley Imaging Designated ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

HICKORY, NC – Dec. 3, 2014 – Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) announced today that its breast imaging center, Catawba Valley ImagingBICOEseal1485BW, has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The Breast Imaging Center of Excellence status recognizes CVMC’s achievements in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

“This designation strengthens our commitment to ensuring our patients receive advanced and compassionate breast care,” said Kim Frankel, director of Imaging Services for CVMC. “We are honored that our outstanding team has been recognized for providing the highest level of care.”

CVMC received the designation after peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that this facility has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

ABOUT CATAWBA VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER

Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Hickory, NC, is the region’s largest not-for-profit, public healthcare system serving the community without direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being in addition to serving as a center for health education, wellness, preventive medicine and acute care. CVMC received a fourth consecutive Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2014 and has been recognized by WomenCertified® with Women’s Choice Awards for America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience in 2012, 2013 & 2014; Best Hospital for Patient Experience in Obstetrics in 2013 & 2014; America’s Best Hospitals in Orthopedics in 2013 & 2014; and America’s Best Hospitals in Cancer Care in 2014. CVMC received the 2013 & 2014 Premier Inc. QUEST® Award for High-Value Healthcare recognizing its reduction in harm, mortality, readmissions and costs and improvements in metrics for patient experience and evidence-based care. For more information, please visit http://www.catawbavalleymedical.org.

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